Saints’ Walmsley set for Grand Final

St Helens star Alex Walmsley.
St Helens star Alex Walmsley.

Former Batley Bulldogs star Alex Walmsley is expected to feature for St Helens in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford.

Walmsley moved from Batley to Saints following a hugely successful season in the Championship in 2012.

Batley coach John Kear had spotted the Dewsbury Celtic amateur playing for Leeds Met University and handed him a chance in the professional game.

Walmsley proved a revelation and was named in the Championship All Stars team that season before signing a three-year deal at Saints.

Walmsley made such an impact at the Bulldogs that he was named in a supporters’ team of the decade earlier this year.

He made 25 substitute appearances in his first season at St Helens and has been a key figure in them winning the League Leaders Shield this time.

The 24-year-old has made 20 appearances for Saints this season and a further four off the bench.

He was sent off in Saints final league game against Huddersfield and served a one-match ban in the play-off victory over Castleford Tigers but returned for last week’s 30-12 semi-final win over Catalan Dragons and is expected to feature in the Grand Final.